Mineral Fork

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Utah, United States, North America
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Mineral Fork
Created On: Apr 25, 2009
Last Edited On: Apr 29, 2010


Mineral Fork, not to be confused with Snowbird's Mineral Basin, is quite lonely as long as the Wasatch Powder Birds aren't around. The runs here are very expansive and straight forward. Because of the northerly exposure of this fork, it tends to hold onto its powder longer and makes a great finish after spending a day in Cartiff Fork.
Mineral ForkMineral Fork

Getting There

From Little Cottonwood The most common way to Mineral Fork is to head up to Mill D South (aka Cartiff Fork) and skin up by High Ivory. Another way into Mineral Fork is to summit Mount Superior and drop into Mill B South. From here head along the west facing slope till you see the obvious ridge. Head up this ridge and scout for your entrance.

From Big Cottonwood Starting from the main summer trail is possible but usually not the chosen route. This is because you will likely be skinning up what your planning on skiing down.

Decent Route Description

There are many routes down Mineral Fork..............

1. Room of Doom This is the most common ski choice in Mineral Fork. Mainly because its hard to miss, the bowl is expansive and the powder usually stays good days after a storm.
Room of DoomRoom of Doom

2. North West Chute Like the name implies this chute faces north west. The easiest approach for this hidden gem is to head up High Ivory and look for the easiest drop in.
Skinning up High IvoryRon skinning up High Ivory
NW ChuteThe NW Chute (Red Line)

3. The East Faces Mineral Fork has lots of options for east facing runs. Usually it can be hard to find a safe (well safer) way up, but if you look long enough you'll find one. Once at the top of the ridge pick any face/chute that fits your fancy.
East Facing Mineral ChutesEast Facing Chutes

Essential Gear

Avalanche skills, beacon, probe, shovel, partner and common sense. Skis are highly recommended.